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Christmas Rolling Competition (Leader board from 9/12/19)

Christmas Rolling Competition (Leader board from 9/12/19)

Why not try your hand at rolling at one of the pool sessions before Christmas? You can use the pool edge, paddle or hand etc. How many can you complete in 30 seconds. Why not try T rescues or an X rescue (fastest time with spray deck back on)

https://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/venues/Kingsway%20Pool/index.php

LCC Menai Straits 30/11/2019 by Catriona Hare

LCC Menai Straits 30/11/2019 by Catriona Hare

12 intrepid paddlers braved the early morning cold to arrive at Gallows Point, parked up and got changed. However, by now the sun was out, and several of us had to get re-changed to avoid overheating. Even with this faffing, and the arrangement of the double buddy safety system, we were on the water in really good time. So, Ian’s first instruction of the day was to paddle slowly, so we didn’t get to the Swellies too soon. Our next instruction, I was pleased to hear, was to stay away from the roosting birds. At this time of year, many birds have limited energy reserves and they don’t need to be additionally stressed by thoughtless by paddlers. Not long after we came across a bijou residence in need of a little restoration, possibly an end to Trevor’s house hunting, it even came with a resident seal. Still way to early, we took a detour up Afon Cadant, where the residents of a holiday cottage were entertained by our presence, there was lots of excitable waving as our group paddled past and then again as we paddled back a few minutes later. I had very sensible conversations with Ian and Keith about property level flood protection.

Back out in the Straits we made the most of the high tide and paddled close to the shore, paddling on the shore side of Inys Gaint, only some us got stuck on an invisible underwater wall, before we paddled past an abandoned and boat which had seen better days called The Mistress. We paddled on under the suspension bridge and headed towards our lunch stop which by now needed to be in the sun and out of the wind, and preferably goose poo free. After a relaxed lunch we headed off slightly faster than some of us anticipated in the direction of Pont Britannia. My “buddy” went off to visit the The Swellies Pole, while someone else joined me in finding a rock, by now the current was quite fast. We continued past Pont Britannia, where we found numerous quite deep whirlpools. There were a few wobbly moments especially when we were accidently steered into the whirlpools by others in the group, I have not forgotten Roger!

Without any further adventure we paddled to Y Felinheli for the car shuttle back to Gallows Point. Once we were all changed and packed, we headed to the Garddfon Inn for a drink, some warmth and reflection on an enjoyable day.

My thanks to Ian for organising the trip and everyone for their company.

More photos…….

Christmas Rolling Competition (2/12/19)

Christmas Rolling Competition (2/12/19)

Every year we hold the Christmas rolling competition at our pool sessions.
Why not give it a go, book a session and see how you get on.   Number of rolls in 30 seconds.
https://www.liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk/venues/Kingsway%20Pool/index.php

Congratulations to John Fay for his winning photograph for November 2019

Photo of the Month

Please send any photos to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

December 2019

Click here to see the photos and to vote for your favourite.

November 2019

# 1

Sarah Gille Rolling sessions at the docks – John Fay

17 votes (24%)

# 2

Istrian Sunset by Gareth Jones

14 votes (20%)

# 3

Alps Trip – Martin Aldridge

12 votes (17%)

# 4

Farndon to Chester paddle – KS

10 votes (14%)

# 5

Aaron rescuing Ian Bell

9 votes (13%)

# 6

4th Rolling at the docks 2019 Christine Fay

8 votes (11%)

Club weekends and major events for the Club 2019 to 2020 – for more detail check the online

Club weekends and major events for the Club 2019 to 2020 – for more detail check the online Club Calendar…….
You need to be a current member of the club to paddle with us (Insurance and emergency contact details etc)

30th November 2019 Sea Trip – Sheltered Water or Easy Moderate water trip – grade A Coordinator Ian Bell
1st December 2019 WW trip Grade 2-3 Coordinator John Cooke Click for more and to reserve a place.
15th Deceember 2019 Festive Paddle (Conway Estuary) – Suitable for all canoes, SUPs, and kayaks Coordinator Kirk Williams & Brian Green Click for more and to reserve a place.
15th Deceember 2019 Image result for Festive Christmas Meal gif Festive Christmas Meal (open to all) – Coordinator Kirk Williams & Brian Green Click for more and to book a place.
22nd Deceember 2019 Xmas Paddle at the Docks Coordinator Julie Brookes, Roger Colman, David Allanson, Martin Sinnott and Nadia Ford meeting at the Marina for 10 am on the water. Santa hats are the order of the day and appropriately ‘dressed’kayaks/canoes would be a bonus. Members using Club equipment come early to give yourselves plenty of time to add festive decorations to your chosen craft. Mince pies/Xmas cake etc will be available and a hot drink at the slipway on our return.”
9th to 13th April 2020 Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven Coordinator John Cooke

Click for more and to book a place. Padlock First come first served

14th to 17th ? April 2020 Great Glen (Caledonian Canal) Trip Coordinator Dominic Fahey
26th April 2020 Club Open Day Come and try it sessions / Go Kayaking Demo Fleet / rolling competition
1st to 3rd May 2020 Anglesey Weekend #1 Click for more information Padlock and to reserve a discounted place based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay – coordinator Peter Massey.
22nd to 25th May 2020 Pembroke Bank holiday Paddling Weekend Click for more information Padlock and to reserve a discounted place based at Newgale Campsite – coordinator Jenny Brown.
23rd to 30th May 2020 Sardinia Sea Kayaking Expedition (Camping from Kayaks)
Contact the coordinator
Keith Steer Padlock if interested.
5th to 7th June 2020 Anglesey Junior Club Weekend #2 Click for more information Padlock and to reserve a discounted place based at Anglesey Outdoors, Porth Dafarch – coordinator Keith Steer.
19th to 21st June 2020 Anglesey Weekend #3 Click for more information Padlock and to reserve a discounted place based at Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr – coordinator Jenny Brown.
6th – 13th June 2020 Shetland Island Sea Kayak Trip

Contact the coordinator Catriona Hare Padlock if interested. Coach / Sea Leader Ian Bell

5th July 2020 Hilbre Island Sea Kayak Event Click for more information and to book a place
18th July to 2nd August 2020 Alpine White Water Trip and Holiday Click for more information Padlock

Contact the coordinator Keith Steer Padlock if interested

6th to 21st August 2020 Alaskan Sea Kayak Expedition Click for more information Padlock

Contact the coordinator Keith Steer Padlock if interested.

2nd to 4th October 2020 Anglesey Club Weekend #4 Click for more information Padlock and to reserve a discounted place based at Anglesey Outdoors, Porth Dafarch – coordinator Keith Steer.
Monday Pool Session
 Kingsway
All year round  9:00 to  10:00pm Pool Session at the Kingsway Leisure Centre. Click for maps and more information….
 Click to see current bookings and places left…. Padlock
Tuesday Canoe Polo & Club Session Liverpool Marina First Tuesday in April until end of September  6:30 to  8:30pm Canoe Polo Session at the Liverpool Docks. Non-polo players are welcome provided they paddle as a group. Click for details….
Tuesday Junior Club at the docks First Tuesday in May until end of September  6:30 to  8:30pm Junior Club – Age 8 upwards at the Docks. We provide club coaches to support this session. Parents can paddle with their children and help run the session (so wait at the compound or paddle in own group) Click for details….
Tuesday Club Session
 Liverpool Marina
First Tuesday in May until end of September  6.30 to  8:30pm Club night at the docks for improvers and above. Click for details….
Thursday Club Session
 Liverpool Marina
All year round  6.30 to  8:30pm Club night at the docks for improvers and above. Click for details….
No rules canoe polo in any kayak and longer distance paddling (in groups)
Thursday SUP Session
 Liverpool Marina
First Thursday in May until end of September 6:30 to  8:30pm SUP Session at Liverpool Docks for competent SUP paddlers. Click for details….
To reserve one of the clubs SUPs use the club booking system……
 Sunday Club Session
Liverpool Marina
All year round  9.45 to  12:30pm Check the calendar regularly for updates. For all club members provided you are capable of paddling in a group. Juniors must be with parents or coach / junior leader.
 Sunday Novice / Introductory Session Liverpool Marina 2nd Sunday of every Month  9.45 to  12:30pm For more information and to book a place go to the club booking page. For any new club member that would like an orientation sessions or basic introduction to the club and its equipment at the Docks. YOU MUST PREBOOK YOUR SESSION AS PLACES ARE LIMITED.

For Sale – liquid logic remix 69 £200

For Sale – liquid logic remix 69 £200

Hi all

I have a liquid logic remix 69 river boat that has recently been professionally welded due to a small split in the hull.

The seat bolts and washers have also been replaced as there was a small crack forming under one of the originals on one side. But I’ve had no issues with this since they were swapped to larger washers over 12 months ago.

If you’re thinking of a cheap boat for light river use, surfing, flat water paddling and pool sessions then this might be of interest.

I love this boat. It’s really comfy and great to roll.

£200

Based in St. Helens

Sarah Gille

07786238076

 


For Sale – liquid logic remix 69 £200

Hi all

I have a liquid logic remix 69 river boat that has recently been professionally welded due to a small split in the hull.

The seat bolts and washers have also been replaced as there was a small crack forming under one of the originals on one side. But I’ve had no issues with this since they were swapped to larger washers over 12 months ago.

If you’re thinking of a cheap boat for light river use, surfing, flat water paddling and pool sessions then this might be of interest.

I love this boat. It’s really comfy and great to roll.

£200

Based in St. Helens

Sarah Gille

07786238076

Photo of the Month November 2019

Previous year’s winners…..

Photo of the Month

Please send any photos to website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

November 2019

Click here to see the photos and to vote for your favourite.

October 2019

Top of Form

# 1

Sarah Gille in the Alps by Martin Aldridge

25 votes (25%)

# 2

Olivia chose to go paddling for her 5th birthday and has since joined in a paddle with the kids club at the docks by Martin Eley

23 votes (23%)

# 3

Julie Brookes dry rolling by John Fay

22 votes (22%)

# 4

Poppy at the start of the West Kirby Race by Pete Thomas

12 votes (12%)

# 5

Blow Hole by Dave Gentle

10 votes (10%)

# 6

Rolling at the docks by Chris Fay

7 votes (7%)

The river Eden in high water – Lee Doyle


It was a lovely autumn morning when four canoeists descended on the sleepy Cumbrian village called Lazonby. We met in the car park just upstream from the old red sandstone road bridge. We unloaded canoes and when Mike was asked if he needed a hand. He replied, “it is ok I have a Ruth”. Ruth came in very handy again as Mike’s car and trailer needed reversing out of the car park. Once safely out of the carpark Mike jumped in the driver’s seat and both him and Keith ran the shuttle.

Once on the water the river we noticed it was a couple of foot higher than usual and was flowing swiftly. There was a lot of the bouncy stuff and a couple of rocks in view. I think at times both mine and Keith’s canoes had sprung a leak, but it was just that we were bouncing through the waves and not picking many dry lines.

With what seamed no time at all, mainly due to the company and the quick flow, we arrived at the red sandstone cliff where there were faces carved into the rock. We took a late lunch here and even got out one of the open boaters’ staples – the Kelly Kettle. We were all soon enjoying warms cups of coffee and soup.

Luncheon over and the canoes where back on the river. We were soon up to the weir. After close examination Ruth and Mike opted to get out and portage down the very rocky middle. The daredevil Keith decided not to bother with the portage and followed a line down a rocky tongue on river left. It was then my turn, the impressionable idiot. I took a line which dropped off the tongue at the bottom into slightly deeper water which was quiet a wet ride. We stopped to bail out. The end was then insight, the sandstone bridge at Armathwaite.

A great day’s paddle and great company. Thanks to Mike Ruth and Keith for a very enjoyable day

More Photos………

More information on this great grade 2-3 river…….

Report by Lee Doyle

Posted by Mike Alter on Saturday, 16 November 2019

Tees Barrage – Brens Park Jam – by Paul Harwood

Tees Barrage – Brens Park Jam – by Paul Harwood

Last Weekend, Chris, Reece, Steve, Harvey and I went to Tees Barrage on a frosty Saturday morning. The sun was shining and made a good day great.   It was so busy. So many people had turned up to see Bren Orton and his Park Jam Tour.

The main course was switched off for an hour, and every bit of water they had was pumped through the short course. It was carnage. Swimmers and boats were everywhere swirling in different directions in the bottom pool. The Beercooler Canoe even went down the short course.

There’s loads more photos on Facebook

More Photos………

Report by Paul Harwood

langollen Aqueduct & Tunnels – by John Fay

Llangollen Aqueduct & Tunnels – by John Fay

Over thirty LCC members gathered at the Pavilion Car park in Llangollen to unload boats and equipment before shuttling cars to the Poachers Pocket Pub in Chirk. On the drivers return all paddlers launch under the canal bridge and headed off towards the Trevor and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Stan van-den-berg was in his brand new Rockpool kayak and there were concerns about it getting marked on the canal way. Was this the rights decision to bring his new pride and joy?

Amanda had chosen the liquid Logic Remix as her preferred mode of transport which definitely proved not to be the right decision as she struggled in the little river kayak. Early on a swap was made leaving Amanda much happier in a Easky 13 kayak and making much greater progress towards the aqueduct.

The group enjoyed the beautiful scenery as they were gently assisted by the slight flow of the canal which was fed from the River Dee back at the Horseshoe Falls. As the back markers turned into the Trevor basin an array of colored kayaks came into view. The large group had waited for everyone to gather before heading over the Aqueduct but first we had to give way to a canal boat coming the other way. There is only room for one boat, and they are much bigger and heavier than our plastic boats. Dorin called the boat a “turtle” as it very slowly made its way across the water course which carried it some 126 feet above the River below.

Eventually we were off. People walking were taking photographs of the group which spanned from one end of the aqueduct to the other. One couple remarked to Liz that in all the years of walking this canal they had never seen such a large group enjoying themselves on the water. The view from the aqueduct was stunning but we were soon over and about ten minutes from our lunch stop location which was good news for Enda who had earlier remarked that he was starving.

After lunch it was a case of launching boats back into the canal the other side of the canal bridge. Some paddlers enjoyed being seal launched for their first time and screams of laughter could be heard from the group before the headed off for the second half of the trip.

The total distance for the journey was 9.5 miles although from the sound of boats hitting the sides of the tunnels it was evident that some did a little more. Without lights the tunnels were pitch black and we were glad of our head torches lighting the way. One by one the group emerged from the dark tunnel into the glorious sunshine that we had been blessed with for this journey. We continued over the smaller Chirk aqueduct and then made the final leg of our trip to the Poachers Pocket arriving in plenty of daylight to carry kayaks through the beer garden to the waiting cars.

After boats had been loaded back onto cars a welcome drink and a warm was enjoyed in the pub. Stan’s Rockpool had survived the trip has had Amanda. For some this had been their first club trip and hopefully the first of many.

More Photos………

Report by John Fay